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Grant to donate earnings to hockey program

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
Leading Standardbred owner Brad Grant is stepping up to raise funds for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) Player Assistance Program in the wake of the tragic Humboldt Broncos bus crash.   Grant, who is Chairman of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA), currently owns a 4-year-old pacer named Humboldt, which he purchased in mid-January at a sale in New Jersey.   In the wak...
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After reaching pinnacle, Matz aims for success

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
Bill Matz enjoyed the highest of highs last year when Beckhams Z Tam delivered the longtime owner his first Breeders Crown trophy. As Matz awaits the pacer's return this spring, he is keeping an eye on Heavenly Sound; a 3 year old that he hopes can follow in Beckhams Z Tam's hoof prints and develop into a stakes player as the season progresses. Beckhams Z Tam, who was winless in six races at ag...
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Breeders Crown 2YO purses bumped to $600K

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the Breeders Crown series, will raise the purses of the four freshman divisions of the Breeders Crown races to $600,000 each for 2018, making them the richest events for 2 year olds of each gender and gait in the country.   All 12 year-end Championship events will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Downs in ...
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Hamb. Society stakes postmarked by April 16

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
April sustaining and nominating payments for Hambletonian Society stake events are due Sunday, April 15, and per USTA Rule 12 section 2, must be postmarked by midnight on Monday, April 16.   The remaining payments due on April 15 are those races with previous payments in March.   Eligibility lists for races with final payments in February or March of this year have been posted on t...
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Napolitano, Garcia-Herrera take Philly features

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
It may have been 117 days since driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera were crowned tops in their respective categories for 2017 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, but on Friday’s (April 13) opening card of the 2018 season, the duo combined to win the two featured races as an evening session kicked off the year. In the $18,000 featured pace for distaffs, Napolitano and Garci...
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Up Front Flor Ida, Kay Again win Hackett elims

on 04/13/2018 2:00 AM
The photo finish operator at Miami Valley had a busy night on Friday (April 13) as thrilling close finishes were the order of the day, including the three featured events.  A pair of $15,000 James K. Hackett Memorial elimination heats produced crowded photo finishes as did the $24,000 Mares Open Pace. Up Front Flor Ida (Kayne Kauffman) pulled a major upset in the initial Hackett elim, nosi...
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NF Happenstance captures Harrington open

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
James Moore III's Nf Happenstance ($2.40, Jack Parker Jr.) won the featured $15,000 Open Trot Wednesday (April 11) at Harrington Raceway in 1:54.3. The 8-year-old SJ's Caviar mare surged by pacesetter Tough Mac near the three-quarters and opened up impressively for her seventh win of the season for trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker. NF Happenstance bolstered her healthy seasonal bankroll to ...
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Sgt. Molly Pitcher picks up fifth straight victory

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
It may be at a different venue, but Sgt Molly Pitcher continued to make the winner's circle her home after claiming her fifth consecutive victory on Wednesday night (April 11) by taking Buffalo Raceway's featured $10,400 Filly and Mare Open Pace in a seasonal best 1:55.2 over the fast track.   After posting three straight decisions at Freehold Raceway in New Jersey, Sgt Molly Pitche...
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Kenziesky Hanover breaks maiden in series

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
A four-race maiden entering the day, Kenziesky Hanover performed like a seasoned veteran with a facile front-end victory in Wednesday's (April 11) second leg of the Margaret Provost Memorial Trot at The Meadows. Pembroke Mystery captured the other $15,000 division in the event for 3-year-old fillies. On Saturday afternoon (April 21), The Meadows will host the $25,000 (est.) finals of four c...
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Tattersalls cancels April 29 spring mixed sale

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
The Meadowlands Spring Mixed Sale, originally slated for April 29, has been canceled for this year due to lack of entries, according to sale manager David Reid. "Unfortunately, we just didn’t have enough horses, and I didn’t think it was in the best interests of buyers and sellers to put on a sale without a big enough catalog," Reid said. "We brought the Spring Mixed Sale back afte...
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Shiaway St. Pat Series resumes Friday

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
The Shiaway St. Pat series resumes on Friday night at the Meadowlands with an overflow field of 11 set to race in a single division for a purse of $17,500 and to secure a spot in next week's $52,500 final.   Elysium Lindy is the sole returning winner with the winner of the other leg one division, Deep Impact, spending the week in the barn and begins from the pole for driver Andy McC...
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Coast Guard cutter named for late horseman

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
Before he was a highly respected trainer/driver on the Pennsylvania/Ohio circuit, before he became the patriarch of one of harness racing’s most successful families, the late Richard Snyder was a World War II hero with the United States Coast Guard.   To commemorate his service and valor, the Coast Guard has named a cutter for him and will formally commission the Richard Snyder on...
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Another strong Saturday at the Big M

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
There was action all day and night at the Meadowlands on Saturday, April 7, and after three major Kentucky Derby preps came and went, the main event for harness fans – the Big M card – saw the bettors go deep race after race as wagering surpassed the magic $3-million mark for the third time this year at the industry's handle leader. "The Meadowlands would like to thank our loyal horseme...
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Mackenzie A hopes to defend Matchmaker title

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
If Mackenzie A gets a chance to defend her title in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final April 21, no one will be able to say she didn't earn it. A streak of outside post positions and an unplanned absence from leg four of the series for open pacing mares means Mackenzie A is ranked eighth by points heading into the last preliminary leg. Although she drew post seven again this week, trainer P...
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Mohawk Park to honor Humboldt Broncos

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to encourage all horsepeople and fans attending Thursday's season opening card to wear a sports jersey in support of "Jersey Day."   Canadians across the country are taking part in "Jersey Day" by wearing their favorite jersey to work and school to honor the Humboldt Broncos, who tragically lost 16 members of their team and staff in a bus crash last Fr...
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Future starts now at Woodbine Mohawk Park

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
When the doors open Thursday night at one of North America's most picturesque Standardbred racetracks, fans and horsepeople alike will undoubtedly notice an abundance of impressive improvements, upgrades and offerings.   Now the permanent home of premier Canadian harness racing, Woodbine Mohawk Park has undergone plenty of work over the past six months, structural and aesthetic...
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Star trotter SJ's Photo dies at 28 in Italy

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
SJ's Photo, a fast, stakes-winning trotter who most notably was not eligible to compete in the top stakes the year they were won by American Winner and Pine Chip, has died in Italy. He was 28 years old. Bred, owned and trained and mostly driven by David Wade, SJ's Photo was undefeated in 13 starts as a 2 year old, racing in Maryland stakes, before Wade tested the waters against open competi...
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New Weekend Preview now available!

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
Everybody knows bingo games are popular with senior citizens, but do you know there is one senior facility near Denver where the residents are smitten with harness racing? Read why 84-year-old Ruth Cohen has taken a liking to Stormtracker, who is currently competing in the Burning Point Series at the Meadowlands, in the new and free HarnessRacing Weekend Preview. White horses are rare and we've...
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Some Royalty wins 7th straight at Saratoga

on 04/12/2018 2:00 AM
Some Royalty (RC Royalty) did on Thursday what no other trotter has done in 2018 at Saratoga Casino Hotel when she won for the sixth time of the season. The Angus Mac Donald trainee won her final start of 2017, went five-for-five to begin this season and still wasn’t the favorite in the $9,630 co-featured event for New York-sired trotters on Thursday as she tasked to take on a very sharp ...
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Empress Deo takes Harrington mare Open

on 04/11/2018 2:00 AM
Legacy Racing of Delaware's Empress Deo ($24.60, Montrell Teague) was an upset winner in 1:54.3 in the featured $15,000 Mares Open Tuesday (April 10) at Harrington Raceway. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare settled off a contested early pace in which Nerida Franco eventually made the lead in fractions of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:26. With the front end folding, Empress Deo collared the leaders...
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